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The future can be scary. Advancing technology and the declining environment threaten to outpace humans’ ability to adapt. But the future needn’t be gloomy if people take charge of it, says Anab Jain, who researches and test-drives future worlds. As she engagingly explains, her futuristic lab lets people experience concrete aspects of impending scenarios so they will work toward the best outcomes. getAbstract recommends this optimistic, innovative talk to technologists, R&D professionals and concerned citizens.

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Design professor Anab Jain co-founded Superflux, a futuristic laboratory and design studio.



The blur of a fast-paced world can leave people confused about their role in history. Anxious, uncertain and disconnected from their future selves, they may take a passive stance toward the future. Or, as with Brexit, they could make decisions without considering the fallout. Yet today’s actions shape tomorrow. Anab Jain, who likens herself to an “archaeologist of the future,” conducts lab experiments that bring to life concrete aspects of possible futures. In Jain’s lab, people don’t just imagine the future; they emotionally and physically experience it through prototypes and simulations. The ...

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